5 session card:
Join us for this transformative hands-on workshop inspired by the Japanese art of Kintsugi. Kintsugi, is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted gold, silver or platinum. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. It embraces the understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken.
Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen
This workshop employs a multimodal expressive arts process. You will have the opportunity to:
- Choose a bowl
- Engage in a bonding and breaking ritual
- Paint and repair your bowl
- Take your repaired bowl home with you
There will be journaling opportunities throughout the workshop if you’d like to bring your journal.
Saturday, April 4th, 9:00am – 5:00 pm
Cost: $120 includes all materials
Register early as space is limited. Use the paypal button below or Venmo: Topaz-Weis. For more info call: 802 343-8172
Topaz, thank you for an incredible class! You created a safe and stimulating environment that allowed me to explore myself through the arts in its many forms! It was the just the right balance of teaching, guidance, variety and space to cultivate and nurture my creative and unfolding self. You took me to my creative edge and supported my expansion! Truly delightful! Thank-you!”
— Niko Pruesse, Strozzi Life Coach
Expressive Arts Burlington is the product of a visionary. Topaz has developed a landscape of opportunity to create, play and engage in a process which is fun, expressive and rich with meaning.” — Katey Wyndorf
“In a word, this class is magical. If you are an artist in a creative rut- or another type of soul searcher- this class
will be a great gift to yourself. My fellow classmates were amazing and Topaz is a truly inspired and knowledgeable instructor!” — M Ketterling
Have you experienced loss of a loved one or relationship, life transition, identity shift, or cultural / ancestral grief? Has grief stopped you from feeling fully alive? How do you attend to both the tasks of living and grieving? Art is one answer. It provides color and texture in a time when life feels heavy and dull. Explore the art of grieving though music, art, movement, writing. No prior art experience needed. Pre-registration required.
Sundays, October 4th, 11th, 18th
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
$200 Early Registration Discount if paid by September 20th
All materials included
* A commitment to attend all 3 sessions is requested as this is a workshop that has a designed progression and missing sessions will weaken the fabric of the group container. For information, workshop specifics and registration, please call: (802) 343-8172
Touch Drawing for Groups, Families or…consider making it a creative Date Night!
Touch Drawing is for artists of any level, including absolute beginners. Imagine a private 2 hour opportunity to bond with your partner, friend or family in the fulfilling realm of creativity. With Touch Drawing you can experience inner authentic imagery coming alive on the page and have no expertise or talent at all! Paper is placed over a piece of Plexiglas to which paint has been applied. Wherever the paper is touched, an imprint is made. Impulses from within take form on paper through the movement of the fingertips on the page. This intuitive, meditative process moves us deeply into ourselves. Sharing this process with family members is fun, builds trust and supports closeness in a gentle, non-judgmental atmosphere. You’ll each walk away with at least one finished canvas, a whole lot of raw material to use for future projects and some great memories.
Prices include all basic Touch Drawing supplies & 1 canvas or watercolor paper per participant. Additional canvases will be available for purchase at the studio.
Two Hour “Studio Dates” by Appointment
$200 for a couple
$300 for 2 parents and 2 children
$150 for 1 parent with 1 child
Group, Family/Couple Touch Drawing is available by appointment only. For more information and to set up appointment: contact: (802) 343-8172 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coming of Age: Mothers and Daughters
Do you wish there was a place and rite of passage to welcome girls into womanhood? This workshop provides mothers and daughters (ages 11 – 14) or (ages 8 – 11) a fun and creative forum to explore their changing relationships as daughters make their transition from the realm of childhood into the circle of women. Come play, dance, sing, tell stories and make art together with other mothers and daughters in a celebration of our lives. This workshop is a 6 week commitment and is limited to a total of 12 participants.
No previous art experience necessary.
If you would like to schedule this workshop for your mother/daughter group, please call: (802) 343-8172
Next Date: TBA
Expressive Arts Training for Caring Professionals
This is a collaborative workshop offered by Michelle Turbide and Topaz Weis. It is intended for clinicians, social workers, nurses, caregivers, teachers, body workers, or any helping professional. Created as an introduction to multi-modal expressive arts, we will explore the use of these modalities so that they can be resources in your practice and you will gain skills for harvesting a more ’embodied’ presence in your work and life.
Expressive arts are often used for stress reduction, physical and emotional healing, and the understanding of self. When you experience the power and efficacy of these techniques first hand, you will be able to incorporate them into your practice with ease.
The workshop engages in experiential exercises to explore career values, strengths, and the integration of the two utilizing movement, art making, written/spoken word, as well as process/discussion. No talent or previous art experiences are required.
For more info call: (802) 343-8172 or (802) 881-7607
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Hearts and Noses
An Improv and Clown Acting Workshop for Boys, ages 9 – 12, and the Adults who Love Them.
Don’t miss this chance to play together in the delightful, delectable world of clowning around. You’ll have a chance to laugh and play with others in a supportive environment. Here you can find a forum for connecting deeply, parent and child, and enhance or transform your relationship in the physically exaggerated world of the clown. We all have clowns living inside us, waiting to be invited to come out and play!
- Develop your own personal clown.
- Explore issues of collaboration.
- Initiate a ‘yes….and’ framework of communication.
- Build cooperation and mutual respect.
- Noses Provided! No experience necessary.
Cost: $75 per adult/child pair (Each boy must be accompanied by one parent or other special adult in their life.)
Pre-registration & $25 deposit Required.
Please bring any items for personal use and to share that could be incorporated into a clowning costume, i.e. hats, baggy clothes, bow ties, suspenders etc.
For more info and registration call: (802) 343-8172
If you have a group that would like to contract this or any other workshop, please contact Topaz Weis at the above phone number.